Coal Drops Yard is the new shopping district set to open this October in the heart of King’s Cross. This is just the latest reincarnation, however, for an area that has had a long, varied and sometimes colourful history. Victorian London was a city powered by coal, and Coal Drops Yard was its coal store.
These unusual buildings were built in the 1850s to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year. Since that time, the cobbled streets and brick arches have hosted markets, served as film sets and been the stomping ground for many a 90s clubber – for two decades, Bagleys was London’s biggest rave venue.
Remarkably, the grand brick viaducts, cobbled streets and rich ironwork have survived, and are today being brought back to life in a design by Heatherwick Studio. Delve into the fascinating history of the Coal Drops at the latest exhibition at the King’s Cross Visitor Centre. From Coal to Club will be on display from 25 October 2018 – 30 March 2019, and is free to attend – just drop in.
Download King’s Cross Station & Coal Drops Yard in Six Stories by Historian, Dr Jacqueline Riding to discover more.